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Report 17/5/19

Posted: Thu May 16, 2019 4:48 pm
by Nicole Penfold
Hello everyone, I hope all our mums out there had a great Mother’s day last Sunday. Brett our resident fishing reporter has taken some annual leave from this week to go and get amongst some fishing of this own. He will be back in around 3 week with no doubt a tale or two to tell, in the meantime it will be up to me to get the regular report to you, so here goes.

We had quite a windy start to the week which has now eased off and looks like a less windy start to the week end. Earlier in the week we had the report of Cyclone Ann working her way to the coast around the top of Queensland in the Port Douglas area, fortunately the threat has now passed and that cyclone has become a rain depression and was never any threat to us here on the Gold Coast.

For anglers lucky enough to head offshore this week end, fishing the local 18-24 fathom reefs off the seaway will be a good option to chase a feed. May is a great transition time of year sometimes you just don’t know what can show up. Main target species will be Snapper, Tusk fish, Moses, Trag Jew, Pearl Perch, Maori Cod and Jew. We should see Cobia, Sampson and even Yellow Tail King Fish as the water starts to cool down. Once you find a good area to fish keep a regular burley trail on the go to attract the fish, you might even find a late season Spanish Mackerel on the closer reefs.

Customers have scored some nice Whiting in the rivers and throughout Jumpinpin and the Broadwater this week, some good size fish up to 40cm have been landed by our Houseboat customers. Try Tiger Mullet Channel, Bedrooms, Canaipa Passage, Shoals at Jacobs Well, Coomera River North and South Arms, Paradise Point and Wave Break Island. Worms and Yabbies are the best bait. Our customers have also scored a feed of Mud Crabs this week from the Broadwater and Pin areas.

Flathead have started to show up throughout the local rivers, Jumpinpin and the Broadwater as the water cools down a bit, not monsters but most fish have been between legal 40+cm range. Try looking around the North Bedrooms, Gold Bank, Kalinga Bank, Tiger Mullet Channel, Canaipa Passage, Jacobs Well, Brown Island, Currigee and Wave Break Island.

On the Tweed Brad Smith Fishing Charters report Flathead are starting to increase in numbers in the deeper holes between Chinderah and Tumbulgum this week, probably due to the cooler weather.

Clint lets us know that good size tuskfish, flounder, flathead and heaps of winter whiting are feeding in the Broadwater at South Currigee, Runaway Bay, Land End and Seaworld resort. It’s great to see flathead around the 40 – 50 cm mark turning up in bigger numbers in the Broadwater. This month I technique that works very well is drifting with yabbies which can easily be pumped on the lower tides from the sandbanks between the Broadwater caravan park and Wavebreak Island. Use 6lb braid main line, then a no.2 size ball running sinker or bigger if needed to reach the bottom, onto a small swivel then 1 metre fluorocarbon leader with a size 4 Mustard baitholder hook, and a 2-4kg rod with 2500 size reel. This is all you need to catch a good size fish, just remember to not tighten the drag too much and play bigger fish carefully. Drift along the edges of channels in 2 – 4m of water and you’ll catch various species of fish. If you don’t know the area well, drift between the channel makers and you can’t go too far wrong.

Hope you all have a good weekend and get out for a fish, if you have any great catches or photos you would like to share, please email us and let us know how you went.

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Good luck with the Fishing

Rodney Taylor scored a great Barra and Flathead in the Coomera River.

Jackson Walker caught this superb shovel nose shark at Wavebreak Island.

Declan with a nice Tuskfish from the Broadwater with Brad Smith Fishing Charters.

Chantal landed this cracking Tailor in the Nerang River with Brad Smith Fishing Charters.